The BCI is responding to the critical need for practical, location-specific urban planning in partnership with African communities, which will significantly impact positively on physical health, mental wellbeing, and social cohesion outcomes. Good urban planning also has many positive impacts on the landscape, biodiversity, natural ecosystems and the vibrancy, health, liveability and sustainability of urban communities.
Our research will involve an examination and evaluation of place, cultural identity, physical context and topography, existing development, transportation, community facilities, public spaces and social activities, to create a system of enquiry tools that will permit us to consistently develop and implement appropriate solutions for different sites and cultural settings in different countries.
We will develop a dynamic, adaptable long-term master plan framework – a blueprint for contemporary, sustainable, productive, healthy communities, adapted to their social, cultural, educational and technological needs, now and into the future.
The primary urban planning principles to be considered:
Identity – Reflects the identity of place – local iconography and public art.
Context – Works within the planning, physical landscape and social context.
Enhancing – Enhances local economy, environment and community.
Connected – Physical (integration with sustainable infrastructure) and technology.
Vibrancy – Aesthetically interesting spaces with a diversity of options and experiences.
Comfortable – Comfortable and welcoming, safety for people and property.
Walkable – Enjoyable – easy to walk or bicycle around.